Pussy Malone ($0.99) by rocani is an arcade shooter that will make you feel like the world is spinning off its axis. Whether fighting meat aliens or chowing down on kitty noms, this has got to be the weirdest game in the App Store.
Players control a ship that Pussy Malone is in. He is a space adventuring cat who is on a mission to save the universe from cow-snatching aliens. That is not even the weirdest part of this game. The entire thing is hand made with watercolor backgrounds and bizarre cut-and-paste aliens. The enemies look like they are made out of various meat products mashed together with human torsos, rolls of bubble gum tape, green toilet paper and all manner of oddities.
The ship moves from left to right on the screen using tilt controls. Weapons fire automatically, which makes it fairly simple to kill off bacon monsters and ham-faced aliens. The action is top-down scrolling. Enemies drop from the sky as Pussy Malone travels upward toward space. Don’t let a single alien pass by or you will lose the game. When aliens are shot down, coins or cow heads will be rewarded. Collect 10 cows to unlock a new world.
I hate having to say this, but there is a terrible crashing issue when playing on a fourth-generation iPod touch. I love this game so much that I don’t want to talk about any of the problems. Unfortunately, the crashes are so bad that it affects most of the game.
During the opening storyline, the app crashes before getting to the end of the story. I still don’t know what happens after the kitties and cows go to sleep. The game also crashed when I tried to warp to level two and after I started playing level three.
This game is so fun and weird that it is actually worth buying, even if it crashes on you. I know it sound odd that someone would recommend a game that has so many bugs, but the app is like a peculiar insect that you can’t stop staring at, even while it eats its prey. I have great confidence that the bugs will be fixed very soon. In the meantime, if you really don’t want to pay a measly buck for the strangest game you will ever play, you can download the “lite” version and play the entire first world for free.